Final Paper Prompt:
In the first part of Cal Newport’s book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World,
he presents his foundational argument as to why we should adopt digital minimalism into our lives. What
are some of his main reasons for this conclusion? Next, identify an assigned author + reading from our
course that you think would either agree or disagree with Newport’s primary ideas, and explain why. Be
sure to cite! Finally, present your own ideas regarding Newport’s claims.
This paper is fairly open-ended, and I am not looking for any specific “correct” answer to any of the
above questions. You’ve come to find that this class has covered a great deal of different areas regarding
technology, so the range of possibilities is equally broad.
The goal of the paper is for you to synthesize what you’ve learned and apply it to a contemporary issue
regarding technology through Cal Newport’s text. Be sure to utilize key terms/concepts from whatever
primary source that you have selected in order to have a thorough discussion. This is considered an
analysis paper, which requires that you select a central topic, include a thesis statement that you will
defend throughout the paper about said topic, and be sure that most everything in your writing should
serve as support for your main point (thesis).